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Keita Nakamura
For Keita Nakamura's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Oct 14, 2021
G20 finance chiefs back landmark tax deal and vow to act over inflation
The plan for the once-in-a-century corporate tax reform crystallized through international negotiations at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 1, 2021
Japan's job availability figure saw first drop in four months in August
The job-to-applicant ratio inched down to 1.14 from 1.15 in July, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / FOCUS
Sep 17, 2021
Will fiscal consolidation be a priority for ruling party's new leader?
The next leader will be tasked with attending to Japan's fiscal health, which is the worst among major developed countries.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 11, 2021
Nearly 10% of Japan firms to add regular staff after minimum pay hike
The survey appears to show that more employers are deciding it's better to shift their labor force to nonfixed-term regular workers.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 1, 2021
Japan's capital spending rose in April-June, showing first growth in five quarters
Pretax profits of domestic companies were up 93.9% from the previous year, posting the steepest increase since 2010 during the recovery from the global financial crisis.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 18, 2021
Japan's exports rose 37% in July on year, as virus rebound continues
Rising for the fifth month in a row, exports totaled u00a57.36 trillion ($67 billion), lifted by robust shipments of cars, auto parts semiconductors and chip-making equipment.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / FOCUS
Aug 17, 2021
Japan's prolonged virus measures likely to delay solid economic recovery
The economic impact of Japan's states of emergency is expected to be smaller as they have become less effective, but consumer spending is expected to remain at a low level.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Aug 10, 2021
Japan's Olympic bill may turn taxpayers against Games
The quadrennial sporting event may lose favor with the country's fans, experts say.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 30, 2021
Japan's June jobless rate improved to 2.9% after virus emergency was lifted
Despite the improved numbers, a newly expanded state of emergency will cloud the employment outlook going forward.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Jul 27, 2021
Suga administration's alcohol ban blunder shows limits in virus approach
Experts say the controversy shows how Japan's government has been relying on impromptu steps, in the absence of an adequate legal framework for addressing pandemics.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 21, 2021
Japan's exports up 23.2% in first half showing sharpest rise in 11 years
The figures reflect the global economic recovery from the slump caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report by the Finance Ministry.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Jun 19, 2021
Experts divided as Japan government backs four-day workweek
It's unclear if the initiative will be widely accepted, with both the labor and management side voicing concerns about potential unwanted outcomes.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 16, 2021
Japan May exports log sharpest rise in 41 years on pandemic recovery
Demand for auto-related Japanese products was especially strong from the United States, a ministry official told reporters.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 28, 2021
Japan sees first jobless rate rise in six months amid virus emergency
The rate for April climbed from 2.6% seen in March, but it was lower than 2.9% registered in February.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
May 6, 2021
Japanese startup to carry UAE lunar rover to the moon in 2022
Space exploration firm ispace will also provide communications and power during the journey and on the lunar surface.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 5, 2021
Bandai Namco launches project to recycle plastic waste from Gundam models
The company plans to reuse the plastic waste for making plastic products, including Gundam models, as well as for thermal power generation.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Apr 30, 2021
In fiscal 2020 Japan saw biggest decline in job availability in 46 years
The unemployment rate was also up for the first time in 11 years, reflecting the serious impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, government data shows.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / FOCUS
Apr 26, 2021
Latest virus emergency could dampen Japan's economic recovery hopes
GDP data for January to March is scheduled to be released next month, but economists are already pessimistic enough to forecast a contraction in the world's No. 3 economy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Mar 30, 2021
Japan's February job availability logs first fall in five months
The job-to-applicant ratio worsened to 1.09 from 1.10 in January, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, meaning that there were 109 job openings for every 100 job seekers.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 21, 2021
Hitting snooze: Pandemic let people sleep an extra 10 minutes in 2020
The average daily sleeping time in 14 countries, including Japan, increased nearly 10 minutes in 2020, a study found, as the virus prevented more people from going out.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on